Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
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Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony

The trees change, but the annual sense of wonder remains the same. A chance to gawk at this year’s 76-foot-tall behemoth, decorated with 45,000 LED bulbs, is well worth fighting the crowds.


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Abhay K

A nice place to get your photo clicked during Christmas. The sound and light show at the nearby building was an added bonus on Christmas Eve

lily r

Write a review...The last thing you should ever do, literally ever, is try to see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree on a weekend leading up to Christmas (essentially any weekend in December). While the tree is beautiful and iconic and definitely worth seeing, make sure to stop by on a weekday. The weekdays are crowded (it is NYC at Christmastime, aka the mecca of tourism) but during the weekends the crowds are incredibly overwhelming and take away from the joyful experience. If you must attend on a weekend, stop by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and grab some armor... seriously. 

Across from the tree, Saks Fifth Avenue plays a Christmas light show with their exterior decorations, which is also fun to see. There will be a bunch of some of the best Salvation Army Bell Ringers (literally these guys will sing and dance - they draw crowds) and ice skaters drawing spectacle as well and bringing in holiday cheer. 

Jenny R

You go to see the lights & skaters, but it's usually too crowded to really hang out for long. Go check out Bryant Park holiday market while you are in the neighborhood


Its the most wonderful time of the year. Ive seen it twice looking forward to next years visit.